Entries are now open for one of the most anticipated ultra running events of 2016 – Cape Wrath Ultra. The eight-day expedition race will weave 400km through the Highlands of Scotland.
Starting in Fort William, the race will take competitors on an incredible wilderness journey linking ancient footpaths and remote tracks to the furthest northwesterly point of the British Isles, Cape Wrath. The event will take place 22-29 May 2016.
The race route is based on the Cape Wrath Trail, which is considered to be the toughest long distance backpacking trail in the UK. It crosses rugged landscapes, genuine wilderness and has long distances between support points. Hikers usually take at least 20 days to complete the trail. The Cape Wrath Ultra route is similar to the Cape Wrath Trail course but has been fine tuned for runners.
With almost 1000 runners having pre-registered their interest in the event, competition for the limited number of entries is anticipated to be high by the organisers.
Event Director, Shane Ohly explained why there has been such interest in the event, “The Scottish landscape is incredible and our route through the Highlands provides a genuine wilderness experience. Competitors will have none of the complex logistical worries that hikers have when completing the similar Cape Wrath Trail, as we will be providing food, tented accommodation and comprehensive support. Our experience of delivering other complex events like the Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race means we are uniquely placed to organise an event like this in remote areas of Scotland.”
With a course winding through the beautiful lochs, glens and mountains of the Scottish Highlands, the Cape Wrath Ultra traverses through some of the world's most inspirational landscapes, including Morar, Knoydart, Kintail, Torridon, Assynt and Sutherland.
To enter visit the event website.
Image courtesy of Ben Winston / Cape Wrath Ultra